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Community colleges earn failing grades on free speech

By Corey Friedman College is supposed to be a marketplace of ideas — a place where students examine a range of diverse viewpoints, champion some and challenge others. At some North Carolina schools, however, robust debate is off the syllabus … Continue reading

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Rosary ban tied to ‘safety’

By William R. Toler A 12-year-old girl could be a gang member according to a Nebraska school system. Sixth-grader Elizabeth Carey has been banned from expressing her faith by Fremont Public Schools. The forbidden gang symbol: rosary beads. “The principal … Continue reading

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Six years gone and the dream lives on

It’s now been six years since the first issue of the Independent Register rolled off the presses and was distributed across CravenCounty. A dream of three budding journalists fulfilled after three days of writing, editing and designing. The product of … Continue reading

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Hudson says ‘Let the Students Speak’

By William R. Toler Over the past year I’ve added a number of books to my personal library that compose what I’ve dubbed my “Liberty Shelf.” Included on the shelf are four books each by Judge Andrew Napolitano and Congressman … Continue reading

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Free speech has stood the test of time

By Corey Friedman It was unprecedented. It was visionary. And 224 years later, its guarantees of personal freedom are still seen as radical throughout much of the world. On Sept. 17, 1787, statesmen signed the United States Constitution, the blueprint … Continue reading

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Man sentenced for pamphleteering

By William R. Toler A Florida man will be spending some time in jail for activity that is usually allowed outside a courthouse. Mark Schmidter was found guilty of “indirect criminal contempt” Tuesday for passing out pamphlets in Orlando during … Continue reading

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Local governments run amok

By William R. Toler The uprising of political activity by conservatives often focuses on the overreach of the federal government. However, local governments can be just as opressive…as the following stories will demonstrate. Growing pains A woman in Oak Park, … Continue reading

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You can dance if you want to

By Eric Voliva Dance: Movement of the body, usually rhythmic, used as a form of expression. This definition of one of the most natural forms of self expression covers everything from a formal ballroom waltz to a simple nodding of … Continue reading

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First Amendment vs. Second Amendment

By William R. Toler Similar bills in several states could have civil libertarians scratching their heads, trying to decide what side to stand on. Three southern states, including North Carolina, currently have legislation in the works that would prohibit doctors … Continue reading

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IndieRegister sponsors student media

By William R. Toler It seems a sweet bit of irony that Corey Friedman and I helped get the Campus Communicator back up and running this week. Why, you may ask, is that ironic? It’s ironic because it happens to … Continue reading

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Sent home for silence

By William R. Toler An Onlsow County middle school student was sent home today. His offense: refusing to take tape off his mouth. Thirteen-year-old Patrick Richmond was participating in “Silence for Christ Day” by wearing duct tape over his mouth, … Continue reading

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Mall steals shirts to suppress speech

By Corey Friedman A suburban Dallas mall trampled a T-shirt vendor’s free speech rights when it seized shirts that bore an unflattering depiction of a crime-plagued city neighborhood. The shirts show a silhouetted figure stuffing a body into a car … Continue reading

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Less tar, less nicotine, less freedom

By Corey Friedman Sometimes, explained Sigmund Freud, a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes, it’s the First Amendment. Craven Community College sneaked an unconstitutional prior restraint rule in its tobacco-free campus policy this spring, and administrators appear unwilling to … Continue reading

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In Cary, a sign of struggle

By Corey Friedman David Bowden would rather get screwed than be silenced. The Cary resident had a painter scrawl “Screwed by the Town of Cary” on his home during a drainage dispute with the town, the Raleigh News & Observer … Continue reading

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Scholar’s arrest about speech, not race

By Corey Friedman Henry Louis Gates’ civil rights weren’t violated. His constitutional rights, however, were thrashed. The prominent Harvard professor, an African-American who was confronted by a white police officer after forcing open the door to his own Cambridge, Mass., … Continue reading

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